FIA – Fire Island Association
The Fire Island Association, Inc. P.O. Box 424 Ocean Beach, NY 11770
The Davis Park Association is a member of the Fire Island Association. FIA – Fire Island Association Website: www.fireislandassociation.org FIA – Fire Island Association on Facebook FACTS ABOUT FIRE ISLAND
- 80% of Fire Island is public park land and will remain open and undeveloped space (That includes a National Seashore, a state park, a county park, and a couple of Town parks.)
- Only 20% of Fire Island is developed with approximately 4,000 usable lots in 17 small communities
- The 17 communities, through the Fire Island Association, were the primary movers to create the Fire Island National Seashore in 1964, which insured protection of all undeveloped land on the Island.
- Thirteen communities have standing erosion control taxing districts that pay for nourishing community beaches and dunes. These districts invest more than $1.5 million every year to build the barrier Fire Island at no cost to the general public outside of Fire Island.
About the FIA
Fire Island Facts: Fire Island is a 32-mile long barrier Island off the south shore of Suffolk County that is home to 17 residential communities, and is contained within a national park (Fire Island National Seashore or FINS). According to the 2010 census, there is a permanent population of 292 year-round residents, expanding to hundreds of thousands of seasonal residents and tourists during the summer months. What are the communities on Fire Island? Atlantique, Cherry Grove, Corneille Estates, Davis Park, Dunewood, Fair Harbor, Fire Island Pines, Kismet, Lonelyville, Ocean Bay Park, Ocean Beach, Point O’Woods, Robbins Rest, Saltaire, Seaview, Summer Club, Water Island. What is the Fire Island Association? The Fire Island Association is a coalition of these 17 communities that was established over 60 years ago to protect the Island and to promote the best interests of all Island homeowners, business owners, and visitors. Why was the FIA organized? Fire Island has always been a “paradise” for its residents and visitors. Over the years, its 17 disparate communities have collectively demonstrated a passionate determination for protecting the fragile barrier beach environment and preserving the island’s unique life-style. In the late 1950’s when the island was threatened with increased levels of development, residents from several communities formed a coalition and raised the funds to purchase the Sunken Forest. Then again in 1962, when the island faced a new threat of a four lane highway running through all communities, the early FIA organization worked together with many other groups to galvanize support in Congress to create the Fire Island National Seashore and thus prevent the construction of “the (Robert) Moses road.” What is the current mission of the FIA? Shore Management: FIA is actively involved in ongoing erosion control efforts and repair ( when necessary) of storm damaged beaches. We also have our eye on the ‘big picture’ as we work with the Fire Island National Seashore ( FINS) and various other regulatory agencies to plan a sustainable long-term shore management program. … see: FIMI & FIMP Advocacy: A united voice is imperative when Island issues are discussed and decided in Washington, Albany, Suffolk County, and the Towns of Islip and Brookhaven. The FIA speaks on behalf of all Islanders to protect their interests. Partnership with the Fire Island National Seashore: FIA and FINS share a belief that moving forward constructively in a collaborative manner on a shared management vision will enhance Fire Island’s status as one of the world’s great parks and most desirable places to live in or visit. To that end, we are working collaboratively with NPS to craft, implement and monitor a new General Management Plan for the Park that all parties can support. Some of the principles informing the FIA approach to Island management and stewardship include:
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